Dan Hardy weighs in on Khabib Nurmagomedov weigh-in

Khabib Nurmagomedov is widely reported to cut a massive amount of weight to make the lightweight title limit of 155, by some accounts as much as 35 pounds, or more. He missed weight for a fight vs. Abel Trujillo at UFC 160 in 2013, and was hospitalized trying to make weight vs. Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 in 2017. So the weigh-ins for Saturday’s UFC 254 were watched carefully.

“The Eagle” was first on the scale, but needed to be draped, and was steadied getting onto and off the scale.

BT Sport, the UFC’s UK broadcast partner, were on hand to cover the weigh-ins live, with Dan Hardy, Nick Peet, and Adam Catterall narrating. In a sign of how big this fight is, this two-hour English Youtube stream has over 300,000 views.

“I’m reading he’s going up to Welterweight next fight to fight GSP,” joked Hardy, before getting more serious. “I’m a little more 50/50 after seeing Khabib stepping on the scale. Because I still don’t know the situation with him being so close to the weight and needing the towel. The fact that he was the first one on the scale was still a big statement.”

“If we get into the fourth round it starts to swing toward Gaethje. Those first two rounds are going to be very difficult for him to win against Khabib. There’s no doubt about it. And the question is, how does his conditioning hold up after 10 minutes of wrestling. Does he get into the third round with punching power or does he start to look slow and a little bit broken in his conditioning.”

Gaethje looked like he made weight without undue hardship. BT Sport also spoke with Gaethje’s Gaethje’s head coach Trevor Wittman.

“One thing we focus on is not making the cuts hard,” said Wittman. “So we really just take our time and just enjoy the process. We had issues, I wouldn’t say issues, but weight cuts were a lot harder in the World Series [of Fighting] when he was doing it and once he made the cuts easier he realized, ‘Hey this way better for me and I perform better and I save it for the Octagon.’

“So again, I think cutting weight is the most dangerous part of the sport, and I try to advise my athletes — I don’t tell them, I advise them — to be smart with your weight.”

Note: The early prelims start at 11:00 a.m. ET, the late prelims at 12:00 p.m. ET, and the main card PPV at 2:00 p.m. ET.

h/t Ryan Harkness for MMA Mania

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